A Vitamin C Flush, cleanse or detox is popular because it is believed that it helps flush damaging toxins from your body. At the same time your immune system is boosted helping with healing.
Vitamin C was the miracle cure for Scurvy. A disease attributed to malnutrition which was common around the 1900’s.
Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi won a Nobel Prize (1) for the discovery of ascorbic acid. Which is now called Vitamin C.
Vitamin C continues today as a “wonder” vitamin with many uses and benefits.
I also have a great recipe for and Infusion Tea of Lemon Honey Ginger and Apple cider Vinegar.
Vitamin C Today
Why do we need Vitamin C?
It is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It attaches itself to tissue-damaging free radicals and prevents damage.
Vitamin C also plays a key function in collagen production. This permits the human body to build protein. In turn, this supports skin, hair and even internal organ growth. It is key you get Vitamin C daily.
It also boosts the immune system. (see my personal story)
It is also contained in many foods we know like lemons, oranges and green vegetables. Many of these contain other minerals like iron. So we all know to eat your fruit and vegetables every day!! - Yes, I know MOM!!!
You can get a liquid form, but it is commonly a powder or a tablet if we are taking it as a supplement.
Uses of Vitamin C
Daily Dose Vitamin C.
Simply put it is around 90mg for adult men and 75mg for adult women(2)
With approximately 50mg in an orange, you can see it is not hard to get your recommended daily vitamin C
Fruits with the highest sources include:
- Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit.
- Kiwi fruit
Vitamin C and Constipation
We all like a surprise now and then - and finding that Vitamin C can help relieve constipation is a nice benefit. Usually, take it with increasing your iron and magnesium intake.
Take around 2000-4000mg per day until you start to get loose stools. Then decrease the amount back to zero over a few days. While at the same time eating foods that are high in fibre, iron and vitamin c.
Vitamin C and High Blood Pressure
Some studies have shown that Vitamin C can assist in the lowering of blood pressure. However you should not rely on Vitamin C alone to reduce blood pressure.
Vitamin C helps to fight Heart Disease.
A significant study of more than 200,000 people found that those who took a daily supplement had a 25% reduced risk of heart disease.(3)
Vitamin C is a key building block for a healthy life.
Vitamin C Flush
Why do a Detox or Flush
Taking large doses of Vitamin C to cleanse your body also helps to increase your immune system( see my personal story below). Plus it also supports and increases healing.
Often people will do a flush before a colonoscopy.
In summary some of the benefits are
- Boost your immune system
- Help with constipation
- Supports the body with increase healing effectiveness
- Can help to feel less stress or anxiety
- Reduce heart disease
How to do a Flush
Starting a Vitamin C flush means taking as much as your body can absorb and then a little more. To cause the stomach to expel the excess - hence the name flush.
Because the body can not store Vitamin C -the body will seek to expel the excess. At this point the outcome is you will have a bowel movement which is largely liquid.
It is usually best to start before breakfast - take between 1000-2000mg of Vitamin C dissolved in a glass of water. (Usually, it is better to use a product that is designed to prevent stomach discomfort since you are taking quite a bit - see example.)
You can then eat breakfast normally. Record how much vitamin C you take each time - so when you finish you know the amount that was required before you felt the need to “let go”.
After approximately 45 mins take another 1000 - 2000 mg.
Continue to take another 1000- 2000 mg every 45 mins.
You continue this until you feel a purging feeling from you gut and need to pass a motion.
Usually, the stool is very soft or even a liquid one. - If you feel uncomfortable you should stop. Some people may need more or less Vitamin C. Up to 10g (thats 10 x 1000mg) or even a little more before the onset of this feeling.
After you have “flushed” continue to take some more each day for 2-3 days reducing the amount each day. Day 2 50% of the amount before the flushing feeling. Then the following day(s) 20%.
If after 5 hours and 10-12g (that is 10-12 1000mg tablets that you dissolve in water) you do not have any reaction - stop and you can start the process again tomorrow if you wish to try again.
Use a buffered Vitamin C (see link here) as it is less acidic and will help to reduce the acidic feeling in the gut.
While the body can not store Vitamin C you should never do a flush without talking to your doctor first. They will know if you have a condition that means you should avoid a flush - e.g kidney problems. Please do consult your doctor.
Vitamin C My Personal Tip
Stop a Cold or Flu in its tracks.
Especially at the onset of winter - I always have some tablets I can get to instantly.
The instant I feel the first sign of a cold or flu beginning I take 2000mg.
I stress it needs to be within 10-30 mins of this feeling- if it is longer I find it is too late.
Then, the same day I take another 1000mg 3 more times. So up to 5000mg or 5 x 1000mg fizzy tablets.
The next 3 days I take 2000-3000mg per day - spread over the day.
If I do this within minutes of feeling that first sign of a cold - it has always prevented it from developing.
Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system.
However, if I leave it for 1 or 2 hours it is too late - it does not work for me.
But I know if I do start taking it immediately I have never developed a cold. It may be different for you - but try it this flu and cold season and I hope it works for you as well as it has worked for me.
You can also read about using Apple Cider Vinegar for a Detox.
Also we have an article on essential oils for colon cleanse.